Greece in detail

Planning Tips


  • EOT (Greek National Tourist Organisation; Concise tourist information.
  • Greeka ( Plenty of planning advice, photos and booking services.
  • Greek Travel Pages ( Access to ferry schedules and accommodation.
  • Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
  • Odysseas ( Portal for info on ancient sites and for booking tickets.
  • ( English-language edition of daily Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

Top Tips

  • If you can, visit in the shoulder seasons – late spring or early autumn. The weather is softer and the crowds are slim.
  • Be sure to visit a few out-of-the-way villages where you can still find traditional culture. Rent a car and explore. Stop for lunch, check out the local shops and test out your Greek.
  • Go slowly. Greece's infrastructure doesn't befit a fast-paced itinerary. Visit fewer places for longer.
  • Visit at least one local coffee shop (kafeneio), one seafood taverna next to a port and one traditional live-music venue. This is where you’ll experience Greek culture at its most potent.
  • Many sites (including the ancient sites in Athens) offer free entry on the first Sunday of the month, except in July and August. You may also gain free entry on local holidays, although this varies across the country.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Check your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Make reservations for accommodation and travel, especially in high season
  • Check airline baggage restrictions, including for regional flights
  • Inform credit-/debit-card company of your travel plans
  • Organise travel insurance
  • Check if you’ll be able to use your mobile (cell) phone

What to Take

  • International driving licence, if you don't hold an EU one.
  • Phrasebook
  • Diving qualifications
  • Phone charger
  • Power adapter
  • Lock/padlock
  • Lightweight raincoat
  • Seasickness remedies for ferry trips
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swimwear, snorkel and fins
  • Clothes pegs and laundry line
  • Earplugs

What to Wear

Athenians are well groomed and the younger crowd is trendy, so keep your most stylish clothes for the city. Nevertheless, in Athens and other big cities such as Rhodes and Iraklio, you’ll get away with shorts or jeans and casual tops. Bars or high-end restaurants require more effort – the scene is fashionable rather than dressy. Think tops and trousers rather than T-shirts and cut-offs. In out-of-the-way places you can wear casual clothing; in summer, the heat will make you want to run naked so bring things such as quick-drying tank tops and cool dresses. Sturdy walking shoes are a must for the cobbled roads and ruins.